Sunday, August 1, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021
In March 2020 last year, because of the worsening Covid-19 pandemic, the Philippine education officials suspended the classes in all schools, and students were advised to go home. Suddenly, the normally vibrant university and college campuses have turned into empty and lonely places. At the Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte, where more than half of the university student population reside in dormitories inside the campus, the impact of the indefinite suspension of classes has been dramatic. The campus appears desolate. The only positive effect of the pandemic is the regeneration of the natural environment. One wonders where the students have gone, and when they are coming back. Below are some photos of some parts of the 100-hectare campus that I have taken during this pandemic:
Saturday, January 18, 2020
The best research universities in the Philippines are the University of the Philippines Diliman, University of the Philippines Manila, University of the Philippines Los Banos, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Visayas, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, University of San Carlos, Visayas State University, Silliman University, and Central Luzon State University.
|The University of the Philippines Diliman is the country's best research university |
(Photo source: www.goodnewspilipinas.com)
Except Silliman University, all 11 universities are members of the prestigious National Science Consortium of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute implementing the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) graduate scholarships.
Note: This is a ranking based on the research data (publications and RG score) for the Philippine universities that are available and easily accessible at ResearchGate. The author gathered the data and made the ranking. ResearchGate does not make rankings of institutions or scientists.--VBA
Saturday, January 4, 2020
|Humboldt fellows from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam as well as some guests from |
SE Asia and Germany
Humboldtians are outstanding scientists who have been awarded the world-renowned Humboldt Research Fellowships (and Humboldt Research Awards for the few world-leading scientists) by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation based in Bonn, Germany. Selections for the fellowships are highly competitive. “There are no quotas, neither for individual countries nor for particular academic disciplines. Only the excellent scientific performance of the applicant counts” (www.humboldt-foundation.de). Fellows receive support from the Foundation for life. Until now only 30 scientists in the Philippines have received the prestigious Humboldt fellowship.
|The Philippine delegation (L-R): Dr. Hallare, Dr. C. Bernido, Dr. M. Bernido, Dr Sese, Dr. Vasquez, Dr. V. Asio, |
Dr. Navarrete, Dr. Espiritu, Dr. L. Asio and Dr. Macabeo
Werner Heisenberg, one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century (Nobel Prize for Physics 1932 for the creation of quantum mechanics), was the first president of the Foundation after its re-establishment in 1953 until 1975. Feodor Lynen (Nobel Prize for Medicine 1964) and Wolfgang Paul (Nobel Prize for Physics 1989) also served as presidents of the Foundation from 1975-79 and 1979-89, respectively.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations supported its formal establishment as a global awareness-raising platform. In December 2013, the UN General Assembly at the 68th session declared 5 December as World Soil Day. The theme of WSD 2019 is “Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future”.
There are hundreds of events around the world to celebrate WSD 2019 according to the online map prepared by FAO. In the Philippines, only VSU and Don Mariano Marcos State University (DMMSU) in La Union have organized such events.
Monday, May 13, 2019
|Our CHED-PHERNET project site in Inopacan, Leyte, showing the successful |
establishment of the Rainforestation site although at a very high cost
Some forest science experts generally consider the assisted natural regeneration (ANR) as a better strategy to rehabilitate degraded lands because of its greater potential to rehabilitate vast areas of lands at a minimal cost.
Lastly, there is a widespread notion that many landowners are only interested to adopt Rainforestation in order to plant hardwood native trees that they could harvest and earn high profits in the future. The fact that a few of the original demonstration sites for the concept established in 1994 have already been harvested by the landowners supports this apprehension. Thus, some people doubt whether this will eventually lead to long-term forest rehabilitation in the country. This should be a big challenge to the Institute of Tropical Ecology and Environmental Management (ITEEM) and other institutions promoting the concept.
The author (V.B. Asio) has been actively involved in the development and evaluation of the Rainforestation concept from the 1990s until the present. He was a member of the Project Management Core Group of the ViSCA-GTZ Applied Tropical Ecology Project, and later was the first Head of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Division of the Institute of Tropical Ecology. The Core Group members were Dr. M.J.C. Ceniza, Dr. B.B. Dargantes, Dr. R.C. Guarte, Dr. J.M. Quimio, Dr. B.P. Germano & Dr. V.B. Asio.